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  • Stage Fright

    Stage Fright


    Some observations:
    -Particularly enjoyed Alastair Sim's supporting performance as the convention-flouting, cheeky (but soft-hearted) father to Jane Wyman's Eve Gill, and Sybil Thorndike's performance as the matronly Mrs. Gill, who simply won't take any nonsense anymore and refuses to accept any reality that seems indecent. They both seem to me to suit Hitchcock's particular brand of dry humor beautifully (although Truffaut said he didn't like Sim or his character at all).

    -Loved the low key lighting in that final, intimate,…

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark


    I deeply regret not showing this to my oldest daughter (now 16) earlier. For some reason, we never got around to it until last night. She was . . . underwhelmed. "It's too bad," she said, sticking a knife in my heart, "that it all seems so cliched now," an acknowledgement that, at one point, the film must have seemed fresh, but, to her, it didn't. She's seen it all before, in other films, or video games, or, garishly, at…

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Random (very spoilery) notes:

    -The title/place name is oddly specific for such a nondescript town/place. Why the title? Is the town name important? Is it a small town? Large town? Small enough for one character to know about another character’s illness, but too big for hospital staff to know they shouldn’t put the perpetrator of violence in the same room with the victim of his violence? (But also, the hospital is so small-town they don’t have a separate burn unit?)…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver


    She's adorably sweet (but super sexy in a hot little work uniform number)
    She's totally into you the moment she lays eyes on you (but, you know, not in a slutty way)
    Her interests exactly align with yours (she might tell you about a new song but she'll glow over your amazing tastes)
    She's immediately sympathetic with you (not nasty and suspicious of men like some women)
    She's wonderfully innocent (but totally down for a bit of crime on the…